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See Wikia Help for general Wikia- and wiki- related help. See Metawiki logo 18x18  Meta-Wiki HelpIntro for basic MediaWiki usage!

Editing is the process of changing a wiki page. Any unprotected article on WoWWiki is editable by anyone who has logged in. Before editing, make sure your changes are in line with the WoWWiki's policies and guidelines and provide some constructive addition to the article. If you see information that is clearly incorrect, feel free to correct it by editing the page. Wikis survive only by the contributions of others, and the more edits you make, the more you are helping WoWWiki grow.

The following will give you some basic tools to use when editing pages.

Basic editing Edit

To edit a MediaWiki page, click on the  edit this page  link at the top of the article. This will bring you to a page with a text box containing the wikitext: the editable source code from which the server produces the webpage. For the special codes, see below.

After adding to or changing the wikitext it is useful to press "Preview", which produces the corresponding webpage in your browser but does not make it publicly available yet (not until you press "Save"). Errors in formatting, links, tables, etc., are often much easier to discover from the rendered page than from the raw wikitext.

If you are not satisfied you can make more changes and preview the page as many times as necessary. Then write a short edit summary in the small text field below the edit-box and when finished press "Save". Depending on your browser, pressing the "Enter" key while the edit box is not active (i.e., there is no typing cursor in it) may have the same effect as pressing "Save".

You may find it more convenient to copy and paste the text first into your favorite text editor, edit and spell check it there, and then paste it back into your web browser to preview. This way, you can also keep a local backup copy of the pages you have edited. It also allows you to make changes offline. However, before you submit your changes, please make sure nobody else has edited the page since you saved your local copy by clicking on the History tab. Otherwise you may accidentally revert someone else's edits. If someone has edited it since you copied the page, you'll have to merge their edits into your new version. (You can find their specific edits by using the "diff" feature of the page history.) These issues are handled automatically by the MediaWiki software if you edit the page online, which will warn you if someone has edited the page since you pressed  edit this page .

Dummy edit Edit

A dummy edit is a change in wikitext that has no effect on the rendered page, such as changing the number of newlines at some position or adding text that is commented out. This allows an edit summary, and is useful for correcting a previous edit summary, or an accidental marking of a previous edit as "minor" (see below). Also it is sometimes needed to refresh the cache of some item in the database. As an example, see the following section of Help:Category.

If the wikitext is not changed, no edit will be recorded and the edit summary is discarded.

Minor edits Edit

When editing a page, a logged-in user has the option of flagging the edit as a "minor edit". This feature is important because users can choose to hide minor edits in their view of the recent changes page, to keep the volume of edits down to a manageable level.

When to use this is a matter of personal preference. The rule of thumb is that an edit of a page that consists of spelling corrections, formatting, and minor rearranging of text should be flagged as a "minor edit". A major edit is basically something that makes the entry worth revisiting for somebody who wants to watch the article rather closely. So any "real" change, even if it is a single word, should be flagged as a "major edit".

The wiki markup Edit

In the left column of the table below, you can see what effects are possible. In the right column, you can see how those effects were achieved. In other words, to make text look like it looks in the left column, type it in the format you see in the right column.

You may want to keep this page open in a separate browser window for reference. If you want to try out things without danger of doing any harm, you can do so in the Sandbox.

Sections, paragraphs, lists and lines Edit

To edit this table, go to Help:Editing/Basic.


What it looks like What you type

Start your sections with header lines:

New section

Subsection

Sub-subsection

== New section ==
=== Subsection ===
==== Sub-subsection ====

Newline:

A single newline has no effect on the layout.

But an empty line starts a new paragraph.

(<p> disables this paragraphing until </p> or the end of the section)


A single
newline
has no
effect on the
layout.

But an empty line
starts a new paragraph.
You can break lines

without starting a new paragraph.

<br> is sufficient as wikitext code. The XHTML code <br /> is not required; the system produces this code.
You can break lines<br>
without starting a new paragraph.
  • Lists are easy to do:
    • start every line with a star
      • more stars means deeper levels
  • A newline
  • in a list

marks the end of the list.

  • Of course
  • you can
  • start again.
* Lists are easy to do:
** start every line with a star
*** more stars means deeper levels
*A newline
*in a list  
marks the end of the list.
*Of course
*you can
*start again.

  1. Numbered lists are also good
    1. very organized
    2. easy to follow
  2. A newline
  3. in a list

marks the end of the list.

  1. New numbering starts
  2. with 1.
# Numbered lists are also good
## very organized
## easy to follow
#A newline
#in a list  
marks the end of the list.
#New numbering starts
#with 1.
  • You can even create mixed lists
    1. and nest them
      • like this
        can I mix definition list as well?
        yes
        how?
        it's easy as
        • a
        • b
        • c
* You can even create mixed lists
*# and nest them
*#* like this
*#*; can I mix definition list as well?
*#*: yes
*#*; how?
*#*: it's easy as
*#*:* a 
*#*:* b
*#*:* c
  • You can also
    • break lines
      inside lists
      like this
* You can also
**break lines<br>inside lists<br>like this
Definition list 
list of definitions
item 
the item's definition
; Definition list : list
of definitions
; item : the item's definition
A colon indents a line or paragraph.

A manual newline starts a new paragraph.

This is primarily for displayed material, but is also used for discussion on Talk pages.

: A colon indents a line or paragraph.
A manual newline starts a new paragraph. 
IF a line of plain text starts with a space THEN
 it will be formatted exactly
   as typed;
 in a fixed-width font;
 lines won't wrap;
ENDIF

This is useful for:

  • pasting preformatted text
  • algorithm descriptions
  • program source code
  • ASCII art

WARNING If you make it wide, you force the whole page to be wide and hence less readable. Never start ordinary lines with spaces.

 IF a line of plain text starts with a space THEN
   it will be formatted exactly
     as typed;
   in a fixed-width font;
   lines won't wrap;
 ENDIF
Centered text.
<center>Centered text.</center>
A horizontal dividing line: above

and below.

Useful for a variety of separation needs, mainly within some kind of box, but rarely used within the text of an article.

A horizontal dividing line: above
----
and below. 


Keep in mind that a newline anywhere by itself has no effect, but it can end a list or indented item. Remove newlines from lists and indented items to keep the formatting from breaking. See also Wikipedia:Don't use line breaks.

Links, URLs Edit

To edit this table, go to Help:Editing/Links.


What it looks like What you type
Sue is reading the Molten Core article.

The first letter of target is automatically capitalized. So typing [[Molten Core]] is the same as typing [[molten Core]]. Internally spaces are automatically represented as underscores (typing an underscore has the same effect as typing a space, but is not recommended). Thus the link above is to http://www.wowwiki.com/Molten_Core, which is the page with the name "Molten Core".

Sue is reading the [[Molten Core]] article.

Link to a section on a page, e.g.

When section editing does not work the link is treated as link to the page, i.e. to the top; this applies for:

  • links to non-existent sections
  • links in redirects
  • interwiki links

Section linking:

  • The part after the number sign (#) must match a section heading on the page. Matches must be exact in terms of spelling, case, and punctuation. Links to non-existent sections are not broken; they are treated as links to the top of the page.
  • Identifiers may be created by attaching an id="..." attribute to almost any HTML element. This doesn't work with legacy browsers
[[Travel_Guide#Alliance]] is a link to a section in another article.
[[#Links, URLs]] is a link to a section on the current page.
[[#example]] is a link to an
anchor that was created using
<div id="example">an id attribute
</div>
Link text and target are different: the naming policy page.

This is called a piped link.

Same target, different text:
[[WoWWiki:Naming policy|the naming policy page]]
Endings are blended into the link: potions, pwned
Endings are blended
into the link: [[potion]]s, [[pwn]]ed

Automatically hide stuff in parentheses: Druid.

Automatically hide namespace: Village pump.

The server automatically fills in the part after the | when you save the page. Next time you open the edit box you will see the expanded piped link. A preview interprets the abbreviated form correctly but does not expand it yet in the source. Press Save and again Edit and you will see the expanded version. The same applies for the following feature.

Automatically hide stuff in parentheses:
[[Druid (lore)|]]. 
Automatically hide namespace:
[[WoWWiki:Village pump|]].
Link to a different Wiki.

This only works if the wiki has been registered with the WoWWiki server, so not all wikis produce inter-wiki links.

Link to a different [[Wikipedia:Wiki|]]
When adding a comment to a Talk page,

you should sign it. You can do this by adding three tildes for your user name:

Rustak

or four for user name plus date/time:

Rustak 08:10 Oct 5, 2002 (UTC)

You can also simply place the date/time manually using five tildes if you have a custom signature.

When adding a comment to a Talk page,
you should sign it. You can do this by
adding three tildes for your user name:
: ~~~
or four for user name plus date/time:
: ~~~~
You can also simply place the date/time manually if you have a custom signature.
: {{User:Rustak/Signature}} ~~~~~
This page doesn't exist is a page that doesn't exist yet.
  • You can create it by clicking on the link.
  • To create a new page:
    1. Create a link to it on some other page.
    2. Save or preview that page.
    3. Click on the link you just made. The new page will open for editing.
  • Have a look at how to start a page guide and the naming conventions page for your project.
[[DELETE THIS PAGE IF IT EXISTS|This page doesn't exist]] is a page
that doesn't exist yet.

Redirect one article title to another by putting text like this in its first line.

The redirect line should be the only line in the article for a redirect to work.

#REDIRECT [[Creatures]]
"What links here" and "Related changes" can be linked as:

Special:Whatlinkshere/WoWWiki:How to edit a page and Special:Recentchangeslinked/WoWWiki:How to edit a page

Most special pages work in this format: The name of the special page followed by the specific page. For example, contributions links are Special:Contributions/Username.

[[Special:Whatlinkshere/
WoWWiki:How to edit a page]] and
[[Special:Recentchangeslinked/
WoWWiki:How to edit a page]]
External links: Wikipedia, [1]
External links:
[http://www.wikipedia.com Wikipedia],
[http://www.wikipedia.com]
Or just give the URL: http://www.wikipedia.com.

In the URL all symbols must be among: A-Z a-z 0-9 ._\/~%-+&#?!=()@ \x80-\xFF. If a URL contains a different character it should be converted; for example, ^ has to be written %5E (to be looked up in ASCII). A blank space can also be converted into an underscore.

Or just give the URL:
http://www.wikipedia.com.

To include links to non-image uploads such as sounds, use a "media" link.
Sound


[[media:Sg_mrob.ogg|Sound]]
Link to templates {{tocright}}.

This will provide a nicely formatted link to the template instead of adding the template to the page.

See the section on templates below.

Link to templates {{t|tocright}}.


Images Edit

To edit this table, go to Help:Editing/Images.


What it looks like What you type
A picture: Inv axe 04 A picture: [[Image:INV_Axe_04.png]]
A picture scaled to 16px wide: Inv axe 04 A picture: [[Image:INV_Axe_04.png|16px]]
A picture with alternate text:

Inv axe 04

A picture with alternate text: [[Image:INV_Axe_04.png| A WoW inventory icon for an axe]]

  • Alternative text, used when a mouse hovers over the image or when the image is not loaded in a text-only browser, or when spoken aloud, is strongly encouraged.
A picture with a caption set to the right:
Inv axe 04

A WoW inventory icon for an axe

A picture with a caption set to the right: [[Image:INV_Axe_04.png|frame|A WoW inventory icon for an axe]]

  • Framed images with a caption default floating to the right.
A picture with a caption set to the left:
Inv axe 04

A WoW inventory icon for an axe

A picture with a caption set to the left: [[Image:INV_Axe_04.png|frame|left|A WoW inventory icon for an axe]]

Clicking on an uploaded image displays a description page, which you can also link directly to: Image:Beastmaster1.jpg [[:Image:Beastmaster1.jpg]]
To include links to images shown as links instead of drawn on the page, use a "media" link.


Image of Bruiseweed

[[media:Bruiseweed.png|Image of Bruiseweed]]

To include thumbnails of very large images, use the "thumb" tag in the image link.


Return to Jaina teleport from Archmage Malin

Archmage Malin's helpful teleport!


[[Image:Return_to_Jaina_teleport_from_Archmage_Malin.jpg|thumb|Archmage Malin's helpful teleport!]]

  • Thumbnails will float to the right side of the page by default.
Left aligned thumbnails of very large images, use the "thumb" and "left" tag in the image link.


Return to Jaina teleport from Archmage Malin

Archmage Malin's helpful teleport!


[[Image:Return_to_Jaina_teleport_from_Archmage_Malin.jpg|thumb|left|Archmage Malin's helpful teleport!]]


Character formatting Edit

To edit this table, go to Help:Editing/Characters.


What it looks like What you type

Emphasize, strongly, very strongly.

These are double and triple apostrophes, not double quotes.

''Emphasize'', '''strongly''',
'''''very strongly'''''.

You can also write italic and bold if the desired effect is a specific font style rather than emphasis, as in mathematical formulae:

F = ma

However, the difference between these two methods is not very important for graphical browsers, and many people choose to ignore it.

You can also write <i>italic</i>
and <b>bold</b> if the desired effect is a 
specific font style rather than emphasis, as 
in mathematical formulas:
:<b>F</b> = <i>m</i><b>a</b>
A typewriter font for technical terms.
A typewriter font for 
<tt>technical terms</tt>.
You can use small text for captions.
You can use <small>small text</small> 
for captions.
You can strike out deleted material

and underline new material.

You can <strike>strike out deleted material</strike>
and <u>underline new material</u>.

Umlauts and accents: (See Wikimedia-logo-18x18 Special characters)
è é ê ë ì í

À Á Â Ã Ä Å
Æ Ç È É Ê Ë
Ì Í Î Ï Ñ Ò
Ó Ô Õ Ö Ø Ù
Ú Û Ü ß à á
â ã ä å æ ç
è é ê ë ì í
î ï ñ ò ó ô
œ õ ö ø ù ú
û ü ÿ


è é ê ë ì í

&Agrave; &Aacute; &Acirc; &Atilde; &Auml; &Aring;
&AElig; &Ccedil; &Egrave; &Eacute; &Ecirc; &Euml;
&Igrave; &Iacute; &Icirc; &Iuml; &Ntilde; &Ograve;
&Oacute; &Ocirc; &Otilde; &Ouml; &Oslash; &Ugrave;
&Uacute; &Ucirc; &Uuml; &szlig; &agrave; &aacute;
&acirc; &atilde; &auml; &aring; &aelig; &ccedil;
&egrave; &eacute; &ecirc; &euml; &igrave; &iacute;
&icirc; &iuml; &ntilde; &ograve; &oacute; &ocirc;
&oelig; &otilde; &ouml; &oslash; &ugrave; &uacute;
&ucirc; &uuml; &yuml;

Punctuation:
¿ ¡ « » § ¶
† ‡ • —

&iquest; &iexcl; &laquo; &raquo; &sect; &para;
&dagger; &Dagger; &bull; &mdash;

Commercial symbols:
™ © ® ¢ € ¥

£ ¤
&trade; &copy; &reg; &cent; &euro; &yen;
&pound; &curren;
Subscript: x2

Superscript: x2 or x²

  • The latter method of superscript can't be used in the most general context, but is preferred when possible (as with units of measurement) because most browsers have an easier time formatting lines with it.

ε0 = 8.85 × 10−12 C² / J m.

1 hectare = 1 E4 m²

Subscript: x<sub>2</sub>
Superscript: x<sup>2</sup> or x&sup2;

or in projects with the templates sub and sup:

Subscript: x{{sub|2}}
Superscript: x{{sup|2}}

&epsilon;<sub>0</sub> =
8.85 &times; 10<sup>&minus;12</sup>
C&sup2; / J m.

1 hectare = 1 E4 m&sup2;
Greek characters:

α β γ δ ε ζ
η θ ι κ λ μ ν
ξ ο π ρ σ ς
τ υ φ χ ψ ω
Γ Δ Θ Λ Ξ Π
Σ Φ Ψ Ω

&alpha; &beta; &gamma; &delta; &epsilon; &zeta;
&eta; &theta; &iota; &kappa; &lambda; &mu; &nu;
&xi; &omicron; &pi; &rho;  &sigma; &sigmaf;
&tau; &upsilon; &phi; &chi; &psi; &omega;
&Gamma; &Delta; &Theta; &Lambda; &Xi; &Pi;
&Sigma; &Phi; &Psi; &Omega;

Math characters:
∫ ∑ ∏ √ − ± ∞
≈ ∝ ≡ ≠ ≤ ≥ →
× · ÷ ∂ ′ ″
∇ ‰ ° ∴ ℵ ø
∈ ∉ ∩ ∪ ⊂ ⊃ ⊆ ⊇
¬ ∧ ∨ ∃ ∀ ⇒ ⇔
→ ↔

&int; &sum; &prod; &radic; &minus; &plusmn; &infin;
&asymp; &prop; &equiv; &ne; &le; &ge; &rarr;
&times; &middot; &divide; &part; &prime; &Prime;
&nabla; &permil; &deg; &there4; &alefsym; &oslash;
&isin; &notin; &cap; &cup; &sub; &sup; &sube; &supe;
&not; &and; &or; &exist; &forall; &rArr; &hArr;
&rarr; &harr;
x2   ≥   0 true.
  • To space things out, use non-breaking spaces - &nbsp;.
  • &nbsp; also prevents line breaks in the middle of text, this is useful in formulas.
<i>x</i><sup>2</sup>&nbsp;&nbsp;&ge;&nbsp;&nbsp;0 true.

Complicated formulae:
  \sum_{n=0}^\infty \frac{x^n}{n!}

<math>\sum_{n=0}^\infty \frac{x^n}{n!}</math>

For comparison for the following examples:

arrow →

italics link

arrow      &rarr;

''italics''
link

Use <nowiki> to suppress interpretation of wiki markup, but interpret character references and remove newlines and multiple spaces:

arrow → ''italics'' link

<nowiki>arrow      &rarr;

''italics''
link</nowiki>

Use <pre> to suppress interpretation of wiki markup and keep newlines and multiple spaces, and get typewriter font, but interpret character references:

arrow      →

''italics''
link
<pre>arrow      &rarr;

''italics''
link</pre>

Use leading space on each line to keep newlines and multiple spaces, and get typewriter font:

arrow      →
italics
link
 arrow      &rarr;

 ''italics''
 link

Use typewriter font:

arrow →

italics link

<tt>arrow      &rarr;</tt>

<tt>''italics''</tt>
<tt>link</tt>

Show character references:

&rarr;

&amp;rarr;

Commenting page source are not shown in the rendered page.

Used to leave comments in a page for future editors.

<!-- comment here -->


HTML Tables Edit

HTML tables can be quite useful as well. For details on how to use them and discussion about when they are appropriate, see Help:Table.

The finer points of editing Edit

Templates Edit

Some part of a page may correspond in the edit box to just a reference to another page, in the form {{name}}, referring to the page "Template:Name" (or if the name starts with a namespace prefix, it refers to the page with that name; if it starts with a colon it refers to the page in the main namespace with that name without the colon). This is called a template. In order to change text generated by a template, you must edit that template. Sometimes a separate edit link is provided for this purpose. Note that a change to a template effects every page that uses that template, so do so with caution.

See WoWWiki:Templates for a list of templates in use in WoWWiki, and Help:Template for helpful pointers on editing existing templates and making your own.

Page protection Edit

In a few cases the link labeled  edit this page  is replaced by the text "Protected page". In that case the page can not be edited.

Position-independent wikitext Edit

Wikitext for which the result does not depend on the position in the wikitext page:

  • Categories
  • __NOTOC__, __FORCETOC__, {{DEFAULTSORT:}}, and a few others

Separating edits Edit

When moving or copying a piece of text within a page or from another page, and also making other edits, it is useful to separate these edits. This way the diff function can be usefully applied for checking these other edits.

See also Edit

This page introduces the basics for getting started with editing on Wikia and a walkthrough of the Wikia editor. You may wish to visit the linked pages to learn more in-depth details of editing.

Note: the information below is for the classic Wikia editor. For information on using the new VisualEditor, see Help:VisualEditor.

Editor tour03:27

Editor tour.mov

Watch a quick tour of the Wikia editor

Step by step

Anyone can edit a wikia, and generally you don't even need to have an account to edit! (There are some circumstances which can restrict editing.)

  • To edit a page, simply click the Edit button which is located by the title of the page.
  • The editor will then load, allowing you to make changes to the page - adding or removing text, photos, videos and much more.
Wikia editor2

The classic Wikia editor

Editor features

  • Visual Mode: This mode is generally the default and allows you to make edits that will appear similar to how they will on the published page.
  • Source Mode: This mode allows you to edit the page using wikitext.
    • You can disable the Visual Mode entirely by visiting the "Editing" tab in your preferences, opening the "Preferred editor" menu, then selecting "Source editor".
    • This mode may be preferred for editors who need to edit complex templates frequently.
  • Edit Area: This is the main content area where you can add text, media and adjust the format of the page.
  • Toolbar: The toolbar allows you to format text, making it different sizes and styles. You can expand and condense the toolbar to view more or less tools.
  • Feature Modules: The right pane also includes modules that allow you to add features and media such as photos, slideshow, videos and tables. You can access templates to use on the page and add categories. The preview and publish buttons are found at the top of this area.

Basic editing tips

  • Once the editor is opened, you can use the toolbar, features modules and free form edit area to add or adjust to the page content.
  • To see how your page will appear once it's published, click on the preview button. This will pop up a window that shows the page as it is currently designed. You can also choose to view how the page will look at the minimum and maximum sizes that other users might see.
  • If you like your preview, hit publish and your edits will be pushed live.
  • If you don't like your preview, you can keep editing until it appears as you would like it to.
  • To let others know what you added, fill in a summary above the publish button.

Finally, don't be afraid if you 'break' anything. All edits to a page are stored in the page history, and if something does go wrong you can simply revert to an older version.

Notes

Due to some issues with Internet Explorer 11, the editor's visual mode is not currently available when using this browser. It may be re-enabled at a future date.

See here for an explanation of Wikia's editor user preferences.

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